Update - Present Day (August 18th 2011)
Well here is an update to bring us to present day related to this tank build.
I plan to order my canister filter and C02 equipment this weekend. Let me know if you see any issues with what I've decided on thus far.
However, I've been struggling with lighting for this tank. Since the width / length is less than 2ft, it is difficult to find any fixtures for it. It looks like I will need to use a pendant, probably a 70 watt halide. I also saw an AH Supply 2x36 watt kit that might work. Any suggestions for a tank this size?
Since I need something to keep me going and I had some time today, I ended up running a few errands to pick up a couple items. I decided to build a setup I saw on this forum using some items from IKEA. Since it was cost effective, I decided to use this as my initial lightning solution.
Hemma Light Socket / Cord - from IKEA
Blanda Blank Serving Bowl (11 inch) - from IKEA
1 5/8 inch hole saw
Light bulb (I used a daylight 6k power compact that equals 120 watt inc. bulb)
Overall it cost me $25 bucks since I already owned the hole saw, not bad. However, I don't like how the bulb tips sticks out a bit on the underside. Dependent on how the growth is on the tank from this bulb, I may scrap the entire project to buy a light pendant OR replace the bulb with an PAR38 LED bulb (I already measured, this will not stick out the bottom!). Time will tell.
I also made a trip to a local aquarium store and purchased a handful of stones and some driftwood. I'm working on mounting the driftwood over the next couple days and should have it in the tank by the end of the weekend.
Through a few hours of research I've identified the remainder of my equipment:
Filter: I plan to ditch the Eheim HOB for the smallest Eheim ECCO canister filter.
C02: I plan to purchase the Milwakee Regulator / Solenoid kit to hook up an automated, pressurized system. As for diffuser / reactor the plan is to dose the C02 via tubing directly into the intake of the ECCO and leverage the canister filter as a combination filter / reactor. Anyone see any issues with this?